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Stress Relief Journal Gift Idea

Updated on February 20, 2013
Front cover of my journal
Front cover of my journal | Source

How to Make a Journal

Whilst there are some beautiful books and journals for sale a handmade and personalized journal will make a lovely gift. The journal I have made here is very inexpensive and simple to make.

Making one for a friend or client who has a lot on their plate will be helpful and offer them a place to write down and keep safe their thoughts and feelings.

People with depression, post partum depression, in recovery from an illness or with anxiety will be helped by this.

Journal making is also a lovely group activity for a health and wellness group and for teens or tweens.

Soft covered exercise books, glue stick and fasteners to get you started
Soft covered exercise books, glue stick and fasteners to get you started | Source
Select papers from card or scrapbooking papers to cover the journal
Select papers from card or scrapbooking papers to cover the journal | Source

Supplies and getting started on the Journal

Purchase a lined or plain soft covered paper exercise book - if you choose lined you can add plain paper and vice versa to the finished journal. Select a size that is best suited to your needs or to the person you are making it for. Consider if this is a book that will travel about or one that will be kept at home.

Other Supplies:

  • Hole Punch
  • Glue Stick
  • Card Stock or other papers
  • Motivational Statements
  • Scissors
  • Plain or Lined Paper (Optional)
  • Fasteners
  • Ribbon (optional)

Insert plain paper or card stock to a lined book. Fix in place with butterfly fasteners.
Insert plain paper or card stock to a lined book. Fix in place with butterfly fasteners. | Source
Contrasting back cover
Contrasting back cover | Source

Cut and paste papers

Begin by selecting the papers that you want to cover your journal with. Consider the colours and patterns that will appeal to the person you are making it for. Write out or use pre-printed motivational sayings or words.

Cover the outer front cover and inside cover. Repeat with the same or different papers on the outer back and inside back cover. Make a pocket on the inside if you wish and store motivational or other helpful papers in there to inspire.

If you want to add some plain sheets, hole punch the sheets and slip as many inside the book as you wish to. I used a firmer card stock for this. Similarly add lined sheets to a plain paper book. Fix sheets in place with butterfly fasteners

How to use the finished Journal

Journal writing for someone who is stressed may seem like another chore that will just not get done. Suggest to your friend, client or whomever you have made this for that they write or draw or use it daily to record their feelings, daily dramas, thoughts and dreams as a way to clear the mind.

When we write things down - actually physically write things down - we create a healthy fusion in the brain that can change negative thinking into positive action. Writing enhances executive functioning and studies of children and seniors have shown improvements in learning and functioning through writing and drawing. www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3555

The Artists Way by Julia Cameron offers an insightful understanding about how we can enhance our lives by engaging in writing and creativity on a daily basis. Not in a formal or structured way but by giving ourselves permission to "go for it", let the words and images come tumbling free from within.

Journalling is used as a tool in mindfullness, meditation, understanding dreams, addiction recovery, cognitive behavioural therapies and expressive therapies.

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    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lizam1 

      5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks My Moments. I appreciate the comments - glad you are inspired to make your own journal.

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      My Moments 

      5 years ago

      I love this. I have been keeping a journal for years and not once did it dawn on me to make my own. I am so going to do this. I am going to pin this to my board on Pinterest. Love it!

    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lizam1 

      5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks teaches12345 I hope it benefits your friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      What a great idea. I will have to pass this on to a friend of mine who experiences depression on occasion. You did a fantastic job on this one!

    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lizam1 

      5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Vickiw thank you. I hope this will work well for your group participants.

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      Vickiw 

      5 years ago

      Hi Lizam1, that is a great idea, and looks lovely. I am going to make a few this year for bereavement group participants. Your pictures are great. Thanks for this.

    • Lizam1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lizam1 

      5 years ago from Victoria BC

      Thanks peachpurple. Enjoy the making process.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      lovely idea. I love handmade crafts. Will start making a journal soon. Voted up

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